As Americans descend on big box stores and shopping malls during this holiday season, it’s likely few of them stop to think about the long journey the goods on the shelves made to arrive at their favorite outlets. Look closely and note that most of this merchandise is produced overseas. Unless people live near the coast or a major port city, they probably have little appreciation of the complexity of global shipping, or realize that the majority of goods still moves by water.
That’s why Proceedings decided to take a look at the current state of the Merchant Marine this month, and the issues it faces. It’s been several years since we’ve done so, and we wanted to see what changes were afoot.